18 August 1967

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Pos LW Weeks Song Artist
1 1 10 Silence is Golden  – Tremeloes
2 2 5 A Whiter Shade of Pale  – Procol Harum
3 3 7 Silence is Golden  – Square Set
4 4 5 I Take it Back  – Sandy Posey
5 6 4 Let’s Live for Today  – Grass Roots
6 9 3 There Goes My Everything  – Engelbert Humperdinck
7 5 7 Then I Kissed Her  – Beach Boys
8 14 6 I Think We’re Alone Now  – Tommy James & The Shondells
9 8 8 A Groovy Kind of Love  – Petula Clark
10 7 10 Yamao Toko No Uta  – New Christy Minstrels
11 16 2 The Airplane Song  – Royal Guardsmen
12 11 3 The Storm  – Jim Reeves
13 12 14 Puppet on a String  – Sandie Shaw
14 15 3 Finchley Central  – New Vaudeville Band
15 New 1 Don’t Sleep in the Subway  – Petula Clark
16 10 5 Walking in the Sunshine  – Peter Lotis
17 18 2 Casino Royale  – Herb Alpert
18 New 1 Groovin’  – Young Rascals
19 19 2 She’d Rather be with Me  – Turtles
20 17 3 A Man and a Woman  – Nicole Croisille and Pierre Barouh

They did it! We had had 114 weeks of charts so far and 5 songs (including The Tremeloes’ ‘Silence Is Golden’) had made it to 6 weeks at 1, but this week, The Tremeloes took ‘Silence Is Golden’ into a 7th week at 1 and set a new record to date. They had seen off the pressure that Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ was putting on them last week, but the latter was still sitting at 2, so 8 weeks for The Tremeloes was in question.

Tommy James & The Shondells’ ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ was the biggest climber this week with a 6 place climb from 14 to 8. This was the song’s second time as biggest climber having managed it 4 weeks previously. It was also the 4th time a song that was enjoying its 6th week on the chart was the biggest climber. To date we had seen 2 songs manage this in their 7th week and 1 in its 9th week.

‘The Airplane Song’ was the other high flyer this week as it made a star rater climb of 5 places from 16 to 11.

The faller of the week was Peter Lotis’ ‘Walking In The Sunshine’ which was the 26th time a local song had taken this award. It dropped 6 from 10 to 16.

Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ was the oldest for a 3rd week in a row. This was on 14 weeks in total.

2 songs left the charts this week, the first of which was The Happenings’ ‘I Got Rhythm’ which had been with us for just 2 weeks. It managed to get to 17 during its short run. This would be the group’s only SA Chart hit.

The other song to go was The Bee Gees’ version of ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941’. It had spent 7 weeks on the charts and peaked at 2. This was a far better performance than the cover version by The Staccatos which only managed 3 weeks and a peak of 18. In total the song spent 10 weeks in the charts for the 2 versions and this was the second lowest total for a song charting in more than 1 version. Only ‘Games That Lovers Play’, which had managed 5 weeks in total between the 2 versions by Eddie Fisher and Connie Francis, had a lower weeks count.

Petula Clark clocked up her 6th hit this week as ‘Don’t Sleep in the Subway’ entered the top 20 at 15. 5 other acts had reached the 6 week mark with only The Rolling Stones having had more as they had managed 7. Petula now led the way for female artists with Virginia Lee on 5 being second. ‘Don’t Sleep in the Subway’ was the 10th song by a solo UK woman and the 30th overall for a solo woman. This song was a 5th hit for songwriter Tony Hatch, 4 of which had been where Petula was the artist. Jackie Trent shared the song writing credits, but it was only her second hit in the song writer capacity. ‘Don’t Sleep in the Subway’ would top the charts in Australia and would go to 12 in the UK and 5 in the US. Petula became the 2nd woman to have 2 in the charts at the same time as ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’ was still in the top 20. The only other woman to manage this so far was Connie Francis. Overall Petula was the 21st artist to have 2 or more in the chart at the same time.

The second new entry was ‘Groovin’’ by The Young Rascals. In total we would have 3 songs chart with ‘groove’ in the title, 3 with ‘groovy’. The Young Rascals’ hit was one of only 2 that would have ‘groovin’’ in the title, the other one was yet to come. ‘Groovin’’ would top the US charts for a total of 4 weeks in a run split into 2 sets of 2 weeks with Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ spending 2 week at 1 in between those 2 runs. In the UK it made it to number 8. The song, which was written by Young Rascal band members Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, has reached the UK and US charts a number of times via cover versions. In the UK Pato Baton went to 14 with it while War managed to get to 43 while in the US Booker T & The MGs took an instrumental version to 21, The Newbeats went to 82 and UB40 took a reggae version to 90.

Petula Clark’s 2 in the charts moved her into tied 8th place on the weeks count list as she had 43 to her name, a total she shared with Tommy Roe. Jim Reeves pulled 1 clear of Gene Rockwell to be in 12th spot on his own while Rockwell fell to 13th. Reeves was on 38 weeks now. The Square Set’s ‘Silence Is Golden’ was enjoying its 7th week on the chart and was their only hit to date. This meant that the band entered the top 20 of the local weeks count list, sharing 19th place with Tony Wells and The Boet van Wyk Orkes.

The most popular letter for an act’s name to begin with this week was ‘P’ as 5 of the songs in the top 20 had artists with names starting with that letter (Procol Harum, Petula Clark x 2, Peter Lotis and Pierre Barouh, the last named being one side of a duet). ‘N’, ‘S’ and ‘T’ had 3 each.

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